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Coco Collection hosts competition with Olive Ridley Project

Shahudha Mohamed
12 June 2019, MVT 21:07
An injured turtle being rehabilitated by the Olive Ridley Project. PHOTO: HAWWA AMAANY ABDULLA / THE EDITION
Shahudha Mohamed
12 June 2019, MVT 21:07

Coco Collection announced an internship as part of its continuing partnership with the Olive Ridley Project, a charity that works to rescue, rehabilitate, and protect sea turtles in the surrounding Baa Atoll.

The winner of the competition will be flown out to Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu resort for two weeks in August, where they will work at The Marine Turtle Rescue Centre. Interested candidates can view further details about the competition at

Located in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the Olive Ridley Project is the first and only veterinarian-led turtle rescue centre in Maldives.

The intern will have the chance to gain valuable veterinary experience from one of the United Kingdom (UK)’s leading specialist turtle veterinary surgeons, Dr Claire Petros.

Feeding the turtles, cleaning tanks, observing surgeries and medical procedures, and attending rescue missions to collect turtles in need will be part of the intern's daily duties.

Moreover, they will be able to interact with guests who visit the centre and give them information on the turtles staying at the centre in addition to attending any Olive Ridley Project presentation evenings. Duties will also include guest posts on the Olive Ridley Project’s social media platforms, to update on their personal progress and show a behind-the-scenes look of the rescue centre.

Although the internship is unpaid, the chosen winner will stay in a guest villa while enjoying full board benefits at Coco Palm's Cowrie restaurant. Additionally, the intern will experience some activities available to resort guests such as a sunset cruise and a guided group snorkeling trip in Baa Atoll.

"We are looking forward to receiving applications for this once-in-a lifetime opportunity for one lucky winner to come and join The Marine Turtle Rescue Centre", said Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu’s General Manager, Siraj Waseem.

Founder and CEO of the Olive Ridley Project, Martin Stelfox, believes that the internship is a fantastic opportunity to highlight the work carried out by the Olive Ridley Project.

"In four years, the partnership with Coco Collection has gone from strength to strength and the dedicated Rescue Centre on Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu has rehabilitated over 40 turtles", he said.

Noting that marine conversation is more prevalent than ever before, Stelfox expressed excitement to offer the intern a hands-on experience working with turtles to help sustain their existence.

Apart from this internship, the Olive Ridley Project together with Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu also offers a unique 3-month turtle internship exclusively for Maldivians, where local students are taught about turtle husbandry and turtle medicine. More information about the Maldivian internship can be found by contacting